Stephanie Premji


Key Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health, Aging & Society, School of Labour Studies, McMaster University
  • She has written the guidance for incorporating gender in healthy workplace initiatives for the World Health Organization.


  • PhD in environmental sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal

Areas of expertise

Stephanie Premji is interested in the working conditions and associated health problems of disadvantaged populations within industrialized countries. She has studied the work and health of low-income, immigrant women workers, namely garment workers, hotel room cleaners and domestic workers. She has also explored social inequalities in work-related health across and within occupations as well as the mechanisms at play in creating or amplifying inequalities. Her educational background is varied and includes human geography, anthropology, environmental sciences and epidemiology. She has also participated in various educational and political initiatives to promote immigrant workers’ health and is interested in developing avenues for action. She is currently developing a research program on linguistic minorities’ access to workers’ compensation.

Research Activities

Whenever possible she conducts mixed-methods, interdisciplinary research in collaboration with unions and community organizations. Stephanie’s research usually incorporates a gender-based perspective.


Hanley, J., Premji, S., Messing, K., Lippel, K. 2010. Action research for the health and safety of domestic workers in Montreal: using numbers to tell stories and effect change. New Solutions, 20: 421-439.

Premji, S. Krause, N. 2010. Disparities by ethnicity, language and immigrant status in occupational health experiences among Las Vegas hotel room cleaners. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53: 960-975. 

Premji, S. Duguay, P. Messing, K., Lippel, K. 2010. Are immigrants, ethnic and linguistic minorities over-represented in jobs with a high level of compensated risk? Results from a Montréal, Canada study using census and workers’ compensation data. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 53: 875-885.


Premji, S. (2013) Experiences of linguistic minorities with workers’ compensation in Ontario and British Columbia: an analysis of case law narratives from appeal decisions. Oral presentation at the Meredith Conference: No “Half Measures”, October 31 – November 2, Toronto.

Premji S. (2012) Work reintegration of linguistic minorities in Ontario: an analysis of case law narratives from appeal decisions. Oral presentation at the conference of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, June 1-2, Vancouver.

Premji, S., Messing, K., Duguay, P., Lippel, K. (2008) Inégalités selon l’ethnicité et le genre dans le risque de lésions professionnelles indemnisées à Montréal : Résultats d’une étude basée sur des données du recensement et de la CSST. Oral presentation at the 6th  conference of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, June 15-17,  Montreal.

Premji, S. (2008) Rendre visible l’invisible : l’utilisation de données administratives et du recensement pour évaluer le lien entre l’ethnicité et la santé et sécurité du travail. Oral presentation at the 76th Congrès de l’ACFAS. Colloque du CIQSS – Nouvelles perspectives de recherche à partir des microdonnées des recensements canadiens, May 6-9, Québec.   

Contact Information

Stephanie Premji